MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A former U.S. Army recruiter accused of sexually assaulting two people then plotting an escape from jail has accepted a plea deal that will see him spend at least 25 years in prison.

Keith C. McKern Jr., 44, on Thursday, Oct. 24, appeared before Isabella County Circuit Judge Mark H. Duthie and pleaded no contest to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a relation, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim 13 or younger, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct using force or coercion, and one count of soliciting escape while awaiting trial on a felony.

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Nathan Clinger

A Pennsylvania Army National Guard recruiter was arrested over the weekend after his wife found he had allegedly taken videos on his phone of her 11-year-old daughter getting dressed and using the bathroom.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Connor Hancock

When a motorcycle accident left a rider severely injured on the side of the highway, Marine Staff Sgt. Dustin Gill sprung into action.

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Sgt. Gonzalo Castro, a Marine Corps recruiter based in California, was arrested on July 28 after a 17-year-old girl alleged that he sexually assaulted her.

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On June 15, the Wisconsin state court of appeals upheld a ruling affirming that former Wisconsin Army National Guardsman Jesse Riemer, was adequately punished by the military for soliciting sex from new recruits with a dishonorable discharge, the Associated Press reports.

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In the military, one maxim rings true across generations — privates are stupid. They make dumb decisions, with hilarious consequences. I know it’s hard to admit, look, I’ll go first. At MOS school as a young Marine, I called an Army command sergeant major, “sergeant,” because I was a dumb boot and thought that’s what you called everyone in the Army E-5 and above.

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